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PNS Daily Newscast - August 18, 2017 


In our rundown spotlight today: at least 13 are dead in Barcelona after a driver ran his van into pedestrians; a researcher examines ways to resolve racial inequality; and a new study finds Latinos will fuel a quarter of America's economic growth in 2020.

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Reform advocates are praising a new Illinois law that expands a requirement that children be represented by lawyers during police interrogations for serious crimes. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An Illinois juvenile-justice reform group says the state's new law to provide lawyers to more young offenders is a good start. According to the Juvenile Justice Initiative, Gov. Bruce Rauner has advanced justice for children by signing Senate Bill 2370 into law. The move raises

Consumer advocates hold a summit in Chicago this week about how Social Security and the gender wage gap affect women's retirement plans. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Women's issues have largely been missing from talks about how to keep the Social Security program strong far into the future, some advocates say. This week, it will be one of the topics at a summit in Chicago. Social Security is the primary source of income for about one-i

More than 100 Illinois fast-food workers are in Virginia for the first-ever nationwide

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Thousands of workers from across the country, including Illinois, have converged on Richmond, Virginia, this weekend to ramp up the fight for better wages and call attention to what poverty is doing to people of color. It's the first-ever nationwide Fight for $15 convention, bei

Massive sand erosion is eating away at the wildlife habitat areas of Illinois' State Beach Park. A new regional plan aims to reverse that trend. (Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Lake Michigan shoreline along northern Illinois has a sand erosion problem that's hindering commercial shipping and threatening natural habitats, but there's a new plan to help. For about 200 years, man-made structures have been interrupting the southward drift of sand alo

Illinois officials suspended overtime restrictions affecting about 8,000 Illinois home-care workers the same day as a class-action lawsuit was to be filed over the rules. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner reversed course on a no-overtime policy for workers who care for people living with disabilities, and advocates say it's a victory. The decision from the Illinois Department of Human Services came just hours before SEIU Healthcare Illinois planned to fil

Advocates say two new laws will help protect health-care options for women in Illinois. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some Illinois reproductive-rights advocates are claiming a win after Governor Bruce Rauner signed new laws aimed at improving women's access to health care. One of the new laws, House Bill 5576, requires that insurance companies in Illinois have to provide coverage for nearly all

As the Republican National Convention marches on, some in Illinois are wondering where Gov. Bruce Rauner stands on the GOP's presumptive nominee, Donald Trump. (Illinois.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Some Illinois residents are wondering where Governor Bruce Rauner stands on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. As Trump prepares to speak to the Republican National Convention on Thursday, Illinois voters are asking whether the state's Republican

Magdalena Zylinska, right, speaks in support of the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights during a rally in Springfield. (Arise Chicago)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Advocates for the rights of domestic workers are urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign legislation they're calling "historic." The Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights would officially make domestic work a recognized vocation in the state, extending workplace protections to the s

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